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Mr. & Mrs. Ellis
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FrannyMae



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Registered: July 2004
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Posts: 92
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After deciding the background and the neighbor had to go, I put the couple on thier own layer and worked on the cracks and damage.

I used a pattern created from a blurred version of the picture to repair some of the damage, cloned the worst of it and then used the healing brush on the details. I finally selected his jacket, filled with dark gray on its own layer, added noise and changed the blending mode to overlay. This corrected most of the damage without losing too much detail. I brought out the detail of her cross with a small brush set to lighten.

I was going to recreate the background so had constructed some siding. I decided to use the siding as a background and to skip the window and the rest of the house.

I painted in some soft shadows and then sepia toned the entire picture to get back some of the original charm.

I didn't mess with the faces too much, just tried to get rid of the cracks. The vignette seems to suit this picture and makes it more of a portrait than a snapshot.
· Date: 8/15/2004 · Views: 7548 · Filesize: 21.8kb, 198.3kb · Dimensions: 933 x 723 ·
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Doug Colwell
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Registered: October 2003
Location: Alberta
Posts: 157
8/15/2004 11:35pm

Very nice restoration FrannyMae. Good clean-up, and detail is well preserved. I like your simple bg and vignette treatment too. My only nit-pick is the shadows should be on the right.
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FrannyMae

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Registered: July 2004
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Posts: 92
8/16/2004 7:59am

Aw geez, you're right! I thought at first the sun was directly in front of them as I couldn't see any shadows they cast. But the door on the left is a giveaway! I was going to fix it, but apparently didn't save a copy with layers. Live and learn. Thanks for the sharp eye, Doug!
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Neve

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Registered: July 2004
Location: Australia
Posts: 836
11/10/2004 7:39am

Apart from the shadow you did an excellent job getting rid of so many cracks.

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